Nordic countries are the source of some of the most entertaining gambling online games for the world. Although in most of these countries gambling is strictly regulated with state-owned companies having the monopoly over the activities, people from Nordic countries often cross over to Europe to test their luck and skill when it comes to poker. These players bring a lot of daring with an aggressive playing style that is refreshing for the audiences and thus have gained a big following, amassing fortunes along the way. In this article, with the help of the Norwegian gaming portal Casinopånett.eu, we list some of the best poker players from the Nordic countries.
This Danish player has earned over $10 million from live tournaments. He gained a lot of popularity after winning the first ever World Poker Tour. To date, he is one of the select few players to have won the World Poker Tour Main Event three times. In addition, he won 2002 Five Diamond Classic and 2003 L.A. Poker Classic all in his first season, immediately making him one of the most respected poker players around the globe.
Björn is a Swedish player with a career spanning over 30 years. His impressive list of achievements includes two WSOP gold bracelets and 47 WSOP cashes. In total, his earnings sum to over $5.5 million, which makes him one of the most lucrative poker players to come from Sweden.
Another Danish player, Peter Eastgate is one of the highest-earning Nordic players ever. He has amassed a fortune of over $11 million. Interestingly, a large chunk of this sum came from one event, namely 2008 WSOP $10,000 Championship, where he won $9,152,416 at the age of 22.
Annette Obrestad is an accomplished Norwegian poker player who is the youngest person to ever win WSOP gold bracelet. With the winnings of almost $4 million she is easily the most successful female poker player from the Nordic countries and is the second highest-earning player from Norway. Obrestad started playing when she was 15 and according to her, she never had to deposit any money as she gradually built her bankroll by winning freeroll tournaments.
Felix Vincent Stephensen
Stephensen is the top-earning poker player from Norway. The largest part of his $5 million total winnings comes from one event. In 2014 WSOP World Championship he finished second, losing to Martin Jacobson, but was still able to cash a prize money of $5,147,911.
Yet another player from Norway, Thor Hansen has had a career spanning three decades, which allowed him to amass winnings of almost $3 million in total. Although his best live tournament cash is no more than $188,256, Hansen’s consistent play along with a long-lasting career paid off for the player. In 2005 he was named Norwegian Poker Player of the year. Furthermore, Hansen has two WSOP bracelets to boast.
The first Finnish name on the list, Patrik Antonius is a legendary name in poker. With a bankroll of over $10 million he is easily one of the most successful players to originate from the Nordic countries. Recently, he won $3,153,551 when he finished second in HK$2,000,000 buy-in tournament that took place in Macau. The tournament attracted 75 of the best poker players around the world and the prize for the first place was $4.8 million.